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Holiday Inn, November 13th 2003 - On Thursday November 13th, the long distance race of the Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta was thrilling. Tornado teams were fighting the Formula 18 sailors Gunnar Larsen and Xander Pols from the Netherlands. William Sunnucks and Mark Self from Great Britain took the lead on the reach and they won the race.
At 10:30 hours this morning, the coloured fleet of catamarans left the beach for today's first race. The wind force was about two to three, but it decreased later on. The small boats had to sail two laps instead of three, which made their competition more interesting. The Hobie 16 teams Rowen/Baring from England and Heilbron/Bogaards from the Netherlands, were fighting hard for the first position of the smaller catamarans. Meanwhile, it was team Sunnucks/Gummer that took the lead of the fleet. Until the finish, the competition remained close. Sunnucks: "Gunnar crossed the finish line in about four minutes behind us, which is enough to beat us". Both teams were now leading the overall ranking. Richard Allen got a third place and the gap with the numbers three, Graat and Koene, decreased to just one point. The pressure was on. The Dutch Hobie 16 team beat the English and moved into the 11th position overall.
Aruba, November 11th 2003 – The top ten competition of this year’s Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta is strong. On Tuesday November 11th 2003, the gap between the numbers one and two overall decreased to one point. The British team Sunnucks/Self is still leading, followed by the Dutch Formula 18 sailors Larsen/Pols and Graat/Koene.
After breakfast in seabreeze, the competitors had to wait for wind. At half past ten, the postponement flag was taken down and the fleet left the beach for the starting line. Due to light winds, the course was short, but it still took small boats a long time to get around in the burning sun. Two Inter 20 teams, Breur/Buyse and Deutekom/De Vries, from the Netherlands were in the lead. They managed to stand the heat of the British Tornado’s and finished in the first and second position, followed by Sunnucks/Self. Team Larsen/Pols stayed close and got a third place on rating after the two Nacra’s Inter 20. Sunnucks: “Gunnar is very good. He’s always there. I think he will win.”
Aruba, November 10th 2003 – On Monday November 10th 2003, the British team Sunnucks/Self moved into the overall lead of the Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta. The Dutch Formula 18 teams Larsen/Pols and Graat/Koene claimed the second and third position overall. Due to light winds, the race committee had to shorten the two races of today.
Today’s first race started with light wind conditions. After a general recall the fleet started correctly at the second signal. The first upwind lap was nerve-racking with lots of wind shifts. While sailing downwind the wind direction shifted about 180 degrees. As a result, the spinnakers were taken down and the race committee decided to let the teams finish after rounding the first gate. The British couple Julia and Ashly Machin, sailing a Hurricane 5.9, had a good race, which resulted in a second place on rating. Yesterday’s leaders, Richard Allen and Stuart Gummer, sailed a dramatic race. After a good start, they ended up in a windless part of the course. A 37th position was the result.
Here's a first person account of solo Hobie 16 catamaran sailing from the Gold Cup Regatta that was sailed Nov. 8-9, on Lake Meade, NV.
I counted 10 Hobie 16 catamarans at the Gold Cup on Lake Mead this past weekend. While there was no wind for sailboat racing on Saturday, Sunday was awesome.
Performance Race Week 2003 combined with Formula 18s prove a successful North American Championship
Performance Catamarans, the builders of NACRA, Prindle and Inter catamarans invited the Formula 18 class to join their 2003 Performance North American Championships held in Pensacola Florida October 13th through 16th.
Monday morning the skies were gray with a light NE at 5-10 knots. The Race Committee set up a "Course 2" and the racing got underway by 11:00 am. Then the wind started to. Only seven of the Inter 20 teams to complete the course before the time limit expired.
The Alter Cup Committee has accepted a proposal from the Hobie Cat Company to provide boats for the 2004 and the 2005 US SAILING Multihull Championship regattas for the Hobie Alter Cup. The 2004 event will tentatively be hosted in June of 2004 in the Long Island Sound area, and sailed on the Hobie 16. The 2005 event will be sailed in April or May 2005 in Southern California on the Hobie Tiger.
2003 Qualifying and ladder events throughout the US are mostly complete, and a roster of teams that will be invited to compete in the 2004 Hobie Alter Cup will be finalized in January 2004. The list of qualified teams will be posted on the Alter Cup website at www.ussailing.org/alter. A schedule of 2004 qualifying events for the 2005 Hobie Alter Cup in California will be posted on the website in the early spring 2004.
Rumors about the demise of the Hobie 17 and Hobie 18 are true, here is a statement directly from the Hobie Cat Company. Please add your comments to this article, I'd like to know how cat sailors feel about this.
Dear Hobie Sailors,
October 9, 2003: It is always difficult to come to the end of an "era", but Hobie Cat Company has had to face the fact that it is no longer economically feasible to continue to build our Hobie 17 Special Editions and Hobie 17 Sports, as well as our Hobie 18 Special Editions and Hobie 18 SX's. Both the 17 and 18 enjoyed life cycles that would make any manufacturer proud. More importantly, we are proud of the introduction to sailing and enjoyment they provided to so many people for so many years. For us, it is like saying goodbye to old friends.
NEWPORT, R.I. (October 3, 2003) - The sight of five 12-Metres sailing up Narragansett Bay would be impressive any day of the week. Today, however, the 12s seemingly ushered in the breeze that had kept competitors waiting under a postponement flag for the concluding matches of the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy (ICCT). For the first time since 1976, it would come down to the final match in this best four-out-of-seven finals before the champagne was uncorked to spray the winners and award "The Little America's Cup" for the 23rd time since the event was created in 1961.
DEFENDERS AND CHALLENGERS MIX IT UP
NEWPORT, R.I. (October 2, 2003) - While the temperatures dropped on Narragansett Bay, action on the race course heated up as competition for the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy (ICCT) resumed today after yesterday's planned lay day. The Challenger (Italy's Daniele Saragoni and crew Teo Di Battista, representing Club Nautico Rimini) and the Defender (John Lovell of New Orleans, La., and crew Charlie Ogletree of Houston, Texas, representing Southern Yacht Club) faced each other on a windward-leeward course (three times around) for three matches in breeze upwards of 23 knots with temperatures hovering in the low 60s. It was "rugged going," according to ICCT Trustee John Dawson of Sea Cliff Yacht Club, organizers of the event, "especially for those who went swimming."
Seventy five catamaran sailboats attended the Catfight IV catamaran regatta on the shores of Lake Michigan. Cat Sailors arriving on Thursday saw big wind during the day . This was a precursor of things to come. As usual, the beach organization was spot on. We arrived late Thursday to find most sailors already set up and catamarans lining the beach. The regatta had started without us!